Painting your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task, taking the time to properly prepare the house before you start with the finishing layers will help make the job easier and make it look much better. If you use our the correct techniques and quality products, you can have a professional finish for a fraction of the cost, by doing it yourself.
Any areas that are peeling or cracking need to be sanded back, any large defects will need a filler and to be primed. If your masonry surface is painted, you can use a high pressure cleaner and a stiff brush, for paint on wood, sandpaper is all that you really need (a mechanical sander can save time if you need to cover a large area)
A thorough light sanding will be required even if the paintwork is in a good condition.
Painting Bricks, Cement and Masonry –
Remove any lose material with a hard brush and the surface will need to be primed to improve its adhesion to the paint and the paints durability. Concrete, Concrete Bricks, Mortar and Cement Render need to cure for a minimum amount of time before being painted so check these with your local paint shop who can assist with your surface. Curing protects the cement from moisture loss and reduces the chance of your paint cracking.
Metals that are prone to rust need a special metal primer applied before the topcoat to ensure rust is not an issue. Paint will not adhere to some metals metals (like aluminium, brass, copper and stainless steel) these surfaces will need to be scrubbed with a scouring pad prior and cleaned again before primer is applied.